When raising funds for a new project, are you factoring in operating costs? What type of board and investment committee members do you recruit? How has spending and investing changed in 2022?
These are just some of the questions nonprofit leaders are asking today.
In this episode, Bob DiMeo and Devon Francis speak with Dr. Jim Reynolds, president at Millikin University. Having worked in higher education for over three decades, Dr. Reynolds shares his experience in advancing an organization’s mission by adapting endowment management, fundraising, and spending policies to the current environment.
You will learn:
Why it’s important to raise for maintenance during capital campaigns
The role of higher-ed institutions in bridging the income gap for its students
How to build well-balanced committees with diverse members
Steps taken by Millikin’s investment committee to improve its ESG efforts
Tune in to unpack key considerations for nonprofit leaders today, in higher education and beyond!
Dr. James Reynolds is the president of Millikin University, a Decatur-based private institution with a diverse population of about 2000 students. Millikin University consistently receives recognition as one of the nation’s best colleges and is on Princeton review’s Best in the Midwest list, Forbes America’s top colleges rankings, and others. Prior to becoming Millikin’s 16th president in 2020, Dr. Reynolds served as president of Wilmington College in Ohio, where he led the creation of a new campus-wide strategic planning process. Over his career, Dr. Reynolds’ scholarly work has been published extensively and his classroom excellence has resulted in six teacher-of-the-year awards.
Fundraising, both on a small and large scale, can be difficult when markets are down, and there is global turmoil.
In this episode, Bob DiMeo and Devon Francis speak with Brian Gawor, CFRE, vice president of research at Ruffalo Noel Levitz (RNL) and host of the Fundraising Voices Podcast. Brian shares actionable strategies to boost donor engagement and achieve better outcomes for fundraising campaigns.
You will learn:
Six variables of the “fundraising equation” that nonprofit leaders should know about
How higher-ed institutions and other nonprofits can take a data-driven approach to fundraising
How this downturn is stocks might impact your fundraising and your endowment
How to use AI-personalization to improve communication with donors
The process of turning small-scale donors into major gifters
Tune in to learn how you can improve your organization’s fundraising!
Brian Gawor is the vice president of research at Ruffalo Noel Levitz (RNL) with a background in student affairs, enrollment, annual giving, and major gifts. Brian leads actionable research and strategy to propel the success of RNL’s 1,900 partner clients. He’s a first-generation college graduate grateful to the donors who made it possible. Considering himself a dedicated giving geek, Brian strikes down myths about fundraising and believes that the best strategy comes from listening to donors at scale. Brian regularly presents at professional conferences, and you can also find him hosting RNL’s regular LinkedIn live broadcasts, webinars, and the Fundraising Voices Podcast.
This can be a challenging environment for nonprofit organizations, especially those in higher education, contending with investments, revenue, operations, and more.
In this episode, Bob DiMeo and Devon Francis speak with Rev. Dr. Brian Friedrich, president at Concordia University-St. Paul. They discuss the current outlook for higher-ed organizations, including major opportunities and challenges facing them today.
You will learn:
Latest trends in enrollment, operations, and advancement in the higher education space
Reasons to focus on sustainability and long-term results while overseeing endowments
The impact of rising interest rates on an organization’s finances
Tips to help achieve greater alignment among committee and board members
Tune in to learn about the current opportunities and challenges for nonprofits, especially in higher education!
The Rev. Dr. Brian Friedrich is the 10th president of Concordia University, St. Paul. Prior to returning to his alma mater, Friedrich served as President of Concordia University, Nebraska from 2004-2019, holding several positions in development and administration. He was appointed as vice president for institutional advancement in 1997 and was named the president of Concordia Foundation, Inc. in 2003 before being named president in 2004. Friedrich is a vice president of the Concordia University System, member of the Colloquy Committee of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, trustee of Mill Neck Foundation and Lutheran Friends of the Deaf boards, a director of the Council of Independent Colleges of Nebraska, a director of the National Association of the Council of Independent Colleges and Universities, a member of the Seward Rotary Club and St. John Lutheran Church.